State declares health schemes to benefit underprivileged

Minister of state for health Ms Chandrima Bhattacharya on Friday said that the state government will distribute certain expensive cancer drugs among poor patients free of cost in its hospitals in the city.

This is part of the project initiated by the present government to provide better health care facilities to the underprivileged.

The minister said that the decision would be implemented from 2 October. The Chief Minster had earlier expressed her desire for running a scheme through which the poor patients suffering from cancer will get some expensive drugs in the hospitals for free.

The minister today made this announcement while speaking at the inauguration of a new facility ward at the SSKM hospital. The ENT department of the SSKM hospital has conducted cochlear implant (CI) surgeries on four patients who are deaf or have hearing problem for free.

Treatment of cardiac and blood-related problems to be free of cost in Bengal

West Bengal Chief Minister Ms Mamata Banerjee announced that the State Government would soon make treatment of all types of cancer, cardiac problems and blood disorders completely free in state government-run hospitals and medical colleges.

The move by the State Government comes after a huge success of Fair Price Medicine shops and Diagnostic Centres.

The services to be provided would include all types of medicines, radiation therapy, surgical procedures like open heart surgery, bypass surgery, repair and replacement of valves and insertion of different types of implants like stents and pace makers, informed the West Bengal Chief Minister in a Facebook Post.

The scope of treatment of blood disorders including blood cancer, thalassemia, alplastic anaemia, hemophilia, etc would also be enhanced to offer universal coverage, the Chief Minister informed and said that the programme will be launched very soon after tying up the logistics and other issues.

Now, BPL patients are provided treatment and drugs free of cost at government hospitals. After the Chief Minister’s announcement, people of all income groups could avail themselves of free drugs and equipment.

Treatment for cancer to be free of cost in WB Govt hospitals

The West Bengal Government has taken a historic step to make treatment for cancer free for all in Government hospitals, thanks to the initiative of Chief Minister Ms Mamata Banerjee.

The service by the State Health Department will be rendered to one and all. The service includes free medicine, radiotherapy and chemotherapy and free beds in all Government hospitals.

More than three lakh cancer patients in the State will be benefited by this decision. The cost for the treatment of cancer is huge and may include surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy and may go up to Rs 3.5 lakh. The cost for treatment of blood cancer is around Rs five lakh.

Incidentally, the process of giving chemotherapy free of charge has already started in some Government hospitals in North Bengal.

Nine Linear Accelerators worth Rs 25 lakh each, machines which are of utmost importance to detect the extent of cancerous cells in the body, will bought and distributed among NRS, RG Kar, SSKM, Bardhaman Medical College and Uttarbanga Medical College Hospitals.